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Congress has formally certified Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the US election, leaving the outgoing President with no remaining path to dispute the result.

Jan 7, 2021

Congress has formally certified Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the US election, leaving the outgoing President with no remaining path to dispute the result.Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the electoral vote count in his role as President of the Senate today, declared Mr Biden the winner shortly after 3:30am.
“The votes for president of the United States are as follows: Joseph R. Biden Jr of the state of Delaware has received 306 votes. Donald J. Trump of the state of Florida has received 232 votes,” Mr Pence said.
A short time later, Mr Trump issued a statement through his aide Dan Scavino, promising an “orderly transition”.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” he said.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
So, after all the bluster of the last two months, more than 60 lawsuits, and an assault on the Capitol itself, Mr Trump did not manage to budge a single electoral vote.
Its jobs done, the joint session dissolved with a weary round of applause.
It ended a day of high drama in the American capital. Egged on by the President’s demand that Congress overturn Mr Biden’s win, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building during the count, overwhelming police and forcing their way inside.
A full lockdown was imposed, the members of Congress were evacuated, and a woman was shot dead in the carnage. Three others died on the Capitol grounds due to “medical emergencies” – we have yet to learn more details.
Law enforcement eventually regained control of the building, and at 8pm local time, Congress resumed its business.
Some Republicans raised objections to the electoral college results, but they had nowhere near enough numbers in either chamber of Congress to throw them out.
Read on for the latest updates, and to see how the longest of days in Washington D.C. unfolded.
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8:02 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Donald Trump has responded to the result – though as he can’t currently use his own Twitter account, he’s had to release a statement through aide Dan Scavino.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Mr Trump said.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, its only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!
That is as close to a concession as we’re going to get.
Thanks for sticking it out with me for however many hours this blog has been going. I’m off to bed, but we’ll do this again tomorrow.
In the meantime, the rest of the team will keep you up to date with any major developments from the US.
7:45 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
With all the electoral votes counted, Vice President Mike Pence officially confirmed Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump.
“The votes for president of the United States are as follows: Joseph R. Biden Jr of the state of Delaware has received 306 votes. Donald J. Trump of the state of Florida has received 232 votes,” Mr Pence declared.
So, after all the bluster of the last two months, more than 60 lawsuits, and an assault on the Capitol itself, Mr Trump did not manage to budge a single electoral vote.
Its jobs done, the joint session dissolved with a weary round of applause.
7:38 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
It has been smooth sailing through the last batch of states so far, and at 3.32am in Washington D.C., Joe Biden officially passed the 270 electoral vote threshold he needed to become president.
Vermont’s three votes are what pushed him over the top.
A couple of states are still to come, but it’s a done deal now – Congress has certified Mr Biden’s victory and he will be inaugurated on January 20.
7:27 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
At last, we’re under way again.
Vice President Pence promptly dismissed the objection to Pennsylvania’s results, meaning its 20 electoral votes have now formally gone to Joe Biden.
Rhode Island is next up, and then we’ll run through the remainder of the alphabet.
7:12 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
The House of Representatives has shot down the Pennsylvania objection 282-138, which means we can get back to counting the electoral votes in a few minutes, when the joint session resumes.
Shouldn’t be much longer now. It’s 3.11am.
Those 138 Republican votes, by the way, represent almost two-thirds of the party’s caucus.
6:37 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Debate has finished in the House and it’s now voting on the Pennsylvania objection.
Keep in mind, there are a few hundred members of Congress. So the vote could take half an hour or so.
After that, the joint session will resume, the objection will be denied, and we should run through the electoral college results from the remaining states without much more drama.
6:20 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Things have got rather angry during the House’s debate, with Republicans blowing up at Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb for calling them liars.
“To do this with any kind of honesty means admitting and declaring in this House that these objections don’t deserve an ounce of respect. Not an ounce,” Mr Lamb said, speaking against the Republicans’ objection to Pennsylvania’s election results.
“A woman died out there tonight! And you’re making these objections.
“Enough has been done here today, already, to try to strip this Congress of its dignity, and these objectors don’t need to do any more.
“We know that attack today, it didn’t materialise out of nowhere. it was inspired by lies. The same lies that you’re hearing in this room tonight.
“And the members who are repeating those lies should be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents should be ashamed of them.”
A Republican Congressman rose to make a point of order, interrupting Mr Lamb’s speech.
“The gentleman said that there were lies on this floor here today, looking over this direction. I ask that those words be taken down,” he demanded.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, ruled that the congressman’s demand was not timely.
Mr Lamb started to resume his speech, but the Republicans were shouting at him across the chamber.
Someone could be heard yelling: “He called me a liar!”
“Look, it’s sad but it’s true. The truth hurts!” he shouted back.
“It hurts. It hurts them, it hurts this country, it hurts all of us. But the fact is that the people have made this country work by not giving in.
“Go ahead, shout it out!”
There was a disruption as members from both sides flooded to the central aisle and confronted each other.
Most of it happened out of view of the cameras.
WATCH: Tempers flare in the US House chamber as Republican lawmakers shout over Rep. Conor Lamb, temporarily causing benches to empty, for accusing Republicans of lying about why President Trump lost Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/WsOQJtyiUb
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House Rs and Ds confronting each other in the aisle – briefly appear near blows on the House floor before they are separated.
Rs wanted to strike Conor Lamb’s words for saying they had lied. A shouting match ensued about who should sit down.
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) January 7, 2021
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Argument on the floor. Morgan Grififths wants some of Conor Lamb’s words stricken from the record.
Members are threatening each other.
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And in the House chamber, we almost had a fist fight break out.
I believe it was Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Colin Allred (D-Texas).
Harris was shouting He called me a liar!
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 7, 2021
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5:44 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Matthew Pottinger, has become the latest White House staffer to resign over today’s events.
BREAKING: Deputy nat sec adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon. Pottinger among WH officials dismayed by protesters’ attack and Trump’s role in inciting violence. Pottinger had intended to resign election day, regardless of outcome, but stayed at O’Brien’s request.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 7, 2021
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5:36 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar appears to be running out of patience.
The House of Representatives has another 40 minutes or so of debate to go before it votes on the Pennsylvania objection.
Still at senate waiting for house republicans to be done debating ridiculous objection to PA election. After all this, seriously?
92 senators already rejected this. Around 3 a.m. Ill go back to House to read rest of states & declare that Joe Biden is the next president.
Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 7, 2021
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4:58 pmJanuary 7, 2021Highlight
Reporters for NBC News, The Daily Caller and RealClearNews say Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, has been banned from entering the grounds of the White House.
Mr Short believes President Trump is retaliating, albeit quite pettily, over Mr Pence’s refusal to unilaterally overturn the election results during today’s joint session of Congress (something he had no authority to do anyway).
Apparently, Mr Short advised his boss on the procedure for the electoral vote count. That’s earned him the President’s ire, along with a White House ban.
VP Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short was banned from entering the White House by President Trump following Pence’s refusal to overturn the results of the election, according to a person close to the vice president. https://t.co/vpXGCRff2f
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 7, 2021
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